American Immigration Weekly Recap – October 10th to 14th

Immigrants find legal system another challenge

Refugees and immigrants often find it difficult to navigate America’s legal system. Things like language barriers also pose problems for immigrants.

The U.S. to emulate Canada immigration program

The U.S. is looking to put in place a system to privately sponsor refugees, similar to the Canadian program that allows individuals to sponsor immigrant refugees for $12,600. This will help refugees with initial costs like rent and groceries and help them resettle.

West Africans may have to return to homelands

West Africans were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S. due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. These Africans will have to return to their home countries next May if TPS is not extended. Read more.

Mexican officials helping Haitian immigrants reach the U.S.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s internal document suggests that Mexican officials are helping Haitians to illegally get into the U.S. Read on to know what the document says.

The U.S. and Mexico look for new immigration methods

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of DHS, during an appearance with Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the Foreign Relations Secretary, said that Mexico City and Washington would work together to develop new policies to deal with immigration and security. Johnson also met with Arely Gomez, Mexico’s Attorney General to talk about immigration, human trafficking and the deportation process.

U.S.-Haitian immigration deportation on hold following hurricane

Due to the devastation caused to Haiti by Hurricane Matthew, U.S. has put the deportation of Haitians on hold. The storm has resulted in the death of more than 1000 people and has caused the suspension of flights to the island. So the U.S. will re-implement the deportation policy in future.

Dallas ICE officers deport Mexican wanted for murder

Enforcement and Removal Operations officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency deported Ever Alonso Deras-Morales, a Mexican man wanted for homicide in his home country. He entered the U.S. illegally in March attempting to smuggle marijuana.

Federal Reserve claims that immigration is Good for the U.S.

Officials at the Federal Reserve say that there is little evidence to prove that immigrants take the jobs of Americans and that Americans lose jobs because of immigrants. They claim that adding more new immigrants to the workforce would help lift the labor force participation rate that has fallen due to the financial crisis.

Immigrants close gap with U.S.-born for home ownership

A new study from Trulia shows that immigrant home-ownership rates are rising. The states in the U.S. where immigrants lived for longer periods of time have higher rates of immigrant home ownership. This shows that immigrants add to the growth of the U.S. economy and that they are catching up to those born in the U.S. with home ownership.